Ryan GoldrickMs. Willis/Period 7 September 21,2009Human Nature Essay Human Nature In the Anthology the authors wrote about many different complex characters. These characters showed great examples of human nature. In my opinion, three of the best stories in the Anthology that had examples of human nature are How it Feels to be Colored Me, by Zora Hurston, The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant, and The Rose that Grew from Concrete, by Tupac Shakur. These stories show how humans have different characteristics.
These characteristics are determination, intolerance, and the need to have more than what they have. Zora Hurston, in How it Feels to be Colored Me shows how humans can be extremely intolerant. “Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves. ” This quote shows that humans are intolerant because she is picked on only because she is black and living in a white neighborhood. This quote is also saying that when ever Zora is feeling good about herself there will always be someone to put her back down.
In my opinion being intolerant is a negative characteristic of a human’s nature. In The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant describes how humans always want more then they need or can have. “She had no dresses, no jewelry, nothing. And she loved nothing else; she felt herself made for that only. ” In the previous quote she is obsessed with items that she can not afford to have. This shows that no matter how many accessories a human has there will always be something else that they want.
In The Rose That Grew from Concrete, Tupac Shakur uses metaphors as an example of how humans can be tenacious and determined. “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet. ” In that quote the author uses a metaphor to show how humans are determined to learn more. This quote is determination because it seems impossible for a rose to walk, yet the rose still strived to learn how to walk and achieved its goal.
Without etermination to learn and invent new things humans would not be where they are today. To sum it up, the stories that we have read and discussed, How it Feels to be Colored Me, The Necklace, and The Rose that Grew from Concrete, revealed a variety of different characteristics that are part of human nature. Three of the main characteristics of a human’s nature contained within the readings I chose are intolerance, determination, and the need to have more than they are able to have. All in All, these characteristics have an enormous effect on where we stand today as humans.
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